Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for August, 2008

This article was bizarrely stashed in the business section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, rather than reported as Science news, or even just as general news. Going back to 1969, a chemist with no soul named Manfred DeRewal bought a local farm and then used it as a chemical waste dumping ground, hiring himself out to…

This Just In: Feminism Is A Religion!

I read it in the Philadelphia Inquirer. (Longer version here in the LA Times.)

Where I’m At

So: Long promised substantive reply to comments on previous post is not materializing anytime soon. Migraines, mom in hospital again, coming down with headcold, sister arriving tomorrow for holiday weekend visit, possible trip to western PA next week to tend to mom when she is discharged from hospital (extra attention on top of what assisted…

A reader named Paul Murray left this comment on a older blog post of mine: The comments on tit-staring make me wish the women could occupy a man’s body for a day. Ignoring tits in your visual field is as easy as it is for a woman to simply ignore a cute baby in the…

Call for September Scientiae

Lab Cat is hosting the next Scientiae, and her theme is My Summer Vacation! Even for those not in education or with children, September means the end of summer so this Scientiae gives one more chance to look back over the summer to relive some enjoyable experiences, or assess how well we achieved our goals.…

Guide to Tenure for Black Academics

Via the AWIS Washington Wire, this news of interest to young black academics: In The Black-American’s Guide for Winning Tenure – Without Losing Your Soul, authors Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy provide dos, don’ts, advice and support. One of the tips in the Q&A with Rockquemore includes being proactive rather than reactive in creating…

Locking the Barn Door

You are a university president. You naturally wish to avoid scandal and negative publicity during your administration. The time to make it mandatory for all faculty and staff to undergo training in how to avoid sexual harassment is: A: When you take office, or shortly thereafter. B: After one of your professors is caught emailing…

Complete Reader Survey, Win Fab Prizes

Hey Readers! Seed is running a reader survey. You could win an iPod AND a MacBook Air AND an Apple TV!!! just for participating! Apparently the chances of winning are pretty darn good. So maybe you want to sashay on over to this page and complete the survey. It only takes 10 minutes, I’ve been…

Danica McKellar’s New Book

I never got around to reviewing Danica McKellar’s first book, Math Doesn’t Suck, and now she’s got a second one out, Kiss My Math. You gotta love the title at least. I think she’s got a whole franchise going here. Maybe by the time she puts out her calculus book I’ll get my review of…

New Grant Program For White Forgetfulness

The National Association of Scholars, in its tireless quest to have the little-noted perspective of the white man represented in our nation’s colleges and universities, has succeeded in getting a pet project funded via the Higher Education Act reauthorization. As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education: